Film - New German Cinema


Directed by Damian John Harper


Director: Damian John Harper
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2024
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Louis Hofmann, Franz Pätzold, Sascha Geršak, Canan Kir, Ralf Richter
18+ (no age rating)


A world premiere: A bitterly brutal ballad ’bout brothers.

They say blood is thicker than water — and a fair amount of blood is spilled in this visually intriguing adaptation of Mark McNay’s novel of the same title about two very dissimilar brothers. Kai had been pretty happy not to have to deal with Mirko anymore. But when Mirko is released from prison and comes to collect his money, tensions escalate, as Kai has spent it in the meantime.

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Photocredits: Weydemann Bros/Port au Prince Pictures, Director's Photo: Christophe Henry


  • (only P&I)
    City 3
  • Before the film: Introduction with Damian John Harper and team

    Cinema Filmtheater
  • Filmmuseum
  • HFF Kino 1

Meet the director


Damian John Harper

Damian John Harper was born in Boulder, Colorado, in 1978. Holding a degree in anthropology, he worked as an ethnologist in Mexico and a cave-diving instructor in Brazil. From 2006, he studied documentary and promotional film at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). In 2014, his graduation film, LOS ÁNGELES, earned the First Steps Award for best full-length feature. He then shot IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2018).


Screenplay: Damian John Harper
Original Material: Marc McNay
Director of Photography: Leonhard Kairat
Film Editor: Lorna Hoefler-Steffen
Composer: Emma Elisabeth Harper
Production Designer: Sylvester Koziolek
Costume Design: Katja E. Waffenschmied
Sound: Jonathan Schorr
Sound design: Jonathan Schorr
Make-up artist: Skadi Lesske, Benjamin Wendl
Casting director: Suse Marquardt, Maren Friedrich
Producer: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Milena Klemke, Yvonne McWellie
Production Company: Weydemann Bros GmbH
Co-Producer: Jakob Zimmermann
Co-Production Company: ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Distributor: Port au Prince Pictures
Editor: Jakob Zimmermann (ZDF)
TV channel: ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel